Blog Tour: Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie

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Title; Burned and Broken
Author: Mark Hardie
Publisher: Sphere; Little Brown
Pages: 368
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Thriller

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An enigmatic policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

As DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are brought in to solve the mystery that surrounds their colleague's death, they're under intense pressure to crack the case without damaging the force's reputation.

When a dramatic turn of events casts a whole new light on both cases, the way forward is far from clear. Were the victims connected in some way? And just how much should Pearson and Russell reveal to their bosses as they begin to unearth some dark secrets that the force would rather keep buried?

I haven't read very many crime books as of yet even though I am slightly obsessed with all the crime documentaries and serial killer books. When I received this in the mail, it had a sticker on the front saying "Love Peter James? Love this or your money back!". My mum is a huge crime reader and one of her favourite authors is Peter James, and as I trust her judgement in books, I was quite excited to delve into this one.

There are three sort of "perspectives" in this book. Even though it is written in third person the chapters focus on three different characters; Donna whose best friend has recently passed away, Frank Pearson and Catherine Russell. This novel is very character focused and very driven by their development rather than focused on the mystery surrounding the death of Alicia and DI Sean Carragher. Depending on your preference, a character driven novel may be the type of reading you prefer. There is a real sense that the characters are real people and that you are there with them trying to solve the crime.

There are a few twists in this story and nothing is what it seems, for a debut novel I think that Mark Hardie has a lot of potential and I think his ability to write characters and develop them is astounding.

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